Talks to end tension in South China Sea to start in November

Talks to end tension in South China Sea to start in November

Talks to end tension in South China Sea to start in November

But Cambodia was concerned its views weren't adequately reflected in the statement being developed, causing a delay, a diplomat said.

The 15 council members on Saturday unanimously voted to impose a new resolution on North Korea which is estimated to cut the country's export revenues by USD$1 billion.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6th L) attends the signing ceremony of the amended version of the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing China-ASEAN Center in Manila, the Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says if the North stops testing missiles for an "extended period", the USA might deem North Korea ready to talk.

KCNA said U.S. President Donald Trump had "extended thanks to China and Russian Federation for cooperation in adopting the resolution", quoting a spokesperson for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) and referring to a statement issued on Saturday by the White House.

The draft resolution calls for a ban on all exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state, according to the text seen by AFP. Kang also described the new round of sanctions on North Korea as "a very, very good outcome".

The agreed text "emphasized the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint".

"We don't want any non-regional countries to keep telling us what to do, and even try to play teaching chess games for us", he said. Right after his address, which marked the beginning of his second year in office, Duterte conducted a press conference, where he nonchalantly threw out the prospect of resource-sharing with China within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This is markedly different from the more important summit of leaders in November.

An global tribunal in The Hague last July delivered a sweeping rebuke of China's behavior in the South China Sea, including its construction of artificial islands, saying its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis.

On the South China Sea, Asean has a failed record in balancing the interests of rival claimants and the interest of states aligned with China. "That is also provided for in the just concluded UN Security Council Resolution endorsed by the 15-member National Security Council, including the USA". On Sunday, following a late-night conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump tweeted: "Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea". The ministers noted the significance of the UNCLOS dispute settlement regime and the Tribunal's decision in discussions among parties in their efforts to peacefully resolve their maritime disputes in the SCS.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there was a "sharp contrast" in perceptions this year between regional and non-regional countries, and the statement by Japan, the United States and Australia showed that.

With the Philippines serving as host to ASEAN, the country's about-face lifted a significant cloud over China, with only Vietnam reportedly continuing to insist that the group condemn Beijing's actions.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday dismissed the teetering Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal as "a dream that is no longer there" and threw his support behind a China-backed alternative, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

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